The Friday Harbor volleyball team notched consecutive victory No. 4 with a lickety-split win over Orcas Island in its season debut, Sept. 24, in Turnbull Gym.
The Wolverines made quick work of a much smaller but scrappy Vikings squad, wrapping up the home opener in three straight sets, 25-14 25-13 25-15. With four consecutive wins to open the 2014 season, Friday Harbor has dropped only two games over that four-game stretch and pitched a shutout against each of its last two opponents, the Vikings and Division 2A Sedro Woolley.
“We’ve had some players standout here and there, but its been different players at different times,” Head Coach Travis Mager said. “This year it’s really all about ‘Team’ and these girls know how to stay focused and in the game, and put it away when they’ve got the lead.”
Still, the toughest may still be yet to come.
While the Wolverines own victories against two teams from larger schools, Division 1A Coupeville and 2A Sedro Woolley, they have yet to test their mettle against Northwest 2B League rival Darrington (Friday Harbor faced the Loggers on the road Thursday, Sept. 25) and perennial 2B powerhouse and state tournament team La Conner.
The Braves and Loggers, as well as Shoreline Christian, stand between the Wolverines and a long-awaited league championship.
Majer impresses upon the players to stay focused on the moment, and on each and every point, and he cautions against looking too far down the road.
“We’re not all that worried about who we play,” he said. “We just need to concentrate on playing our game and the rest will take care of itself.”
— Scott Rasmussen